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VB: No. 11 Florida Gators set to host Gators Invitational

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The No. 11 Florida Gators will host the Gators Invitational this Friday and Saturday. Liberty, Northern Arizona and Louisiana will be competing in the invitational.

Gators Invitational Schedule

The Gators’ first match comes at noon against the Liberty Flames. The Flames are 5-4 on the season. Having only played once before, Florida leads the series 1-0.

Later into the evening, at 7 p.m., the Gators will face Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks are 6-3 this season. Like Liberty, the Gators and Lumberjacks have only met once before. However, Northern Arizona got the best of the Gators in their meeting last year, winning in five sets.

Finally, Florida will face Louisiana at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday to close out the Gators Invitational. The Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana are 4-6 this season. Florida and Louisiana have never played each other.

Gators on a Roll

The Florida Gators are on a four-game winning streak after starting the season 2-2. In their last four matches, they’ve dropped just three sets.

After closing out the Honda of Gainesville Gator Invitational undefeated last weekend, the Gators hosted No. 23 Florida State. The Gators won in straight sets behind a standout performance from sophomore setter Marlie Monserez.

She got 40 assists in the three sets and chipped in with some kills. Head coach Mary Wise was full of praise for her player following the match.

“From an offensive standpoint, I thought Marlie was her best today,” said Wise. “It’s pretty heroic what she’s doing to be able to control the ball as well as she was, and as a result, giving our hitters such good looks.”

Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Dooley has also been on fire in the attack, picking up 23 kills in her last two matches. After Rachael Kramer missed a few games through injury, Dooley has done very well in her place. She won the MVP award for the Honda of Gainesville Gator Invitational last weekend.

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